Kmart sets long-term targets for sustainability
Lieutenant General Ret. David Lindsay Morrison AO addresses Kmart team members on leadership
In 2015, Kmart started a project to develop a formal sustainability strategy, including targets and a roadmap.
As a starting point for the strategy, Kmart engaged with its team and stakeholders to understand key opportunities and risks. This included interviews with Kmart’s leadership team; a survey of its support offices, stores and distribution centre team members; external stakeholder interviews; and feedback from its customers. This engagement was supplemented by benchmark research of peer companies in Australia and globally to provide a strong foundation for the strategy.
Drawing on this research, Kmart established a series of working groups to review the evidence, agree priorities and develop long-term targets and action plans.
In June 2016 Kmart launched its sustainability plan ‘Better Together’ with the pillars People, Partners and Planet. There are five key targets:
- Increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment to three per cent of our workforce by 2020.
- Increase the proportion of women in leadership roles to 50 per cent by 2025.
- Partner with our key suppliers by 2020 to enhance the voice, capabilities and quality of life of workers in our supply chain, including a special focus on women’s empowerment.
- Reduce average store energy use (and therefore greenhouse gas emissions) by at least 20 per cent by 2020.
- Reduce waste to landfill as a percentage of units sold by at least 30 per cent by 2020.
In 2017, Kmart plans to launch a series of projects and partnerships aimed at achieving these targets.